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NARA Releases 9/11 Records

I haven’t seen much discussion  in the blogosphere on NARA’s release of 150 cubic feet of records from the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States (the  9/11 or Kean Commission).  With this release, “approximately 35% of the Commission’s archived textual records are now publicly available.”

The Memorandums for the Record (MFR) is both fascinating and confusing. Clicking on CIA Employee #10 from the MFR reveals the following info:

Restricted – Fully
Other, Unmarked
This record remains closed under the provisions of the letter of 08/20/2004 from Commission Chair, Thomas H. Kean, and Vice Chair, Lee H. Hamilton, to Archivist of the United States, John W. Carlin, detailing access to the Commission’s records. The letter states that records should not be disclosed if they (a) contain information that continues to be classified; (b) disclose private information that the Commission agreed to protect from public disclosure; or (c) are otherwise barred from public disclosure by law, as determined by the Archivist.

Yet the next field states “Use Restriction(s):Unrestricted” Puzzling!

The Finding Aid to the 9/11 Commission records is worth the download if you want to see some of the materials the National Archives has in its possession.


Written by S.

January 27, 2009 at 12:47 am

Posted in 9/11, NARA

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